This guest post is by blogger Kristin Kee, from Wanderlust or Love. Thank you Kristin for your great and informative post!
It was just a short two months ago when I packed up my belongings that mattered most, sold or donated the rest, and put what was left into storage to live the digital nomad lifestyle. I was nearing the end of my 35th year of existence, and I had just quit my 11 year teaching career to live as a full-time travel and self discovery blogger.
I was a big ball of emotions, which ranged from the kind of excitement that you only get as a kid on Christmas morning to freaking out…“OMGee, what have I just done?!”
I didn’t really know what to expect with this major life change other than a life full of adventure. If being a digital nomad who travels the world sounds appealing to you, here are five things I wish I knew before taking the leap:
1) You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Whether it’s not knowing where you’ll lay your head next or where your next pay check will come from or how soon will you wear out your welcome at so and so’s house, there’s a lot of unknown in this lifestyle.
And living a life with lots of uncertainty can make some people uncomfortable. In my case, it started causing a lot of anxiety, and until I learned how to get comfortable with the discomfort of the unknown, the anxiety just got worse, much worse.
I had to make my peace with the fact that I am now literally living life by the seat of my travelling pants and that my old, steady life as I knew it was over. On the bright side, I’m getting to create the lifestyle that I want, be my own boss, and travel as much as I want (or as much as my pocketbook allows)!
Intentionality is key to creating the life that you want.
I’m currently at the crossroads of living my best life now and creating my best future self, but that wasn’t the case at the beginning of this journey.
With so much of the aforementioned uncertainty in my life, I had to become very intentional about my thoughts, which in turn affected my actions.
I started scripting a few times each week, which is like journaling from the perspective of your future self. I wrote about all the awesome things my future self was doing as if I were doing them at this moment in time, and I gushed about how grateful I was for my blessings. In this way, I am able to get into the mindset of my future, successful self and intentionally shape the outcome of my present life simultaneously.
Flexibility is the name of the game.
Flexibility is key, and no, I’m not talking about the kind of flexibility that allows you to curl up in a ball so you can fit into a suitcase and fly for free!
When you live the digital nomad lifestyle, you have to have a go with the flow kind of attitude.
Travel plans, work, and living arrangements can change on a dime for a variety of reasons, so it’s important to be able to adapt to make the most of this lifestyle. Otherwise, you’ll just want to beat your head against a wall (and that wouldn’t be fair to the wall, lol)!
Put 3-6 months of living expenses into savings, and then DOUBLE IT!
When I started my travel blog about a year and a half ago, I was pretty sure this was the lifestyle I eventually wanted to pursue. So, I started saving what I could from my teacher’s salary, while still traveling as much as possible. But lemme tell you, it wasn’t an easy feat! In the end, I saved as much as I could in a year’s time before resigning from my teaching position at the end of the school year. However, shortly after I resigned, I developed some health issues and used up most of my savings paying off medical bills, which is why it’s sooooo important to double your savings before starting this adventure.
Dating can be difficult.
Dating in this day and age is difficult enough, but throw in the added factor of not having a permanent address and being constantly on the go, and that makes dating a real challenge. But in a way, it almost weeds out the potentials that wouldn’t gel well with your lifestyle. In fact, I’ve been in relationships before I became a digital nomad where my significant other really didn’t like the fact that I traveled so much.
So, those men are obviously not a good fit for a travel blogger taking the world on by storm! Through dating trials and errors, I’ve discovered that I need a man who is very secure, non-controlling, and independent with his own interests and hobbies. Of course, it would be great if he could travel with me, but I know that’s not always feasible.
The important thing is to stay true to yourself and not compromise who you are for any man.
The right one will come along, or so I’ve been told, and while I’m waiting on Mr. Right, I’m just going to keep doing what makes me happy! ;-D
Ultimately, you have to decide what’s best for you and your life! You can read about every digital nomad’s experience until your eyes cross, but in the end, it’s your dream life that you’re consciously creating. Follow your heart and trust your gut!
This lifestyle isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s sooooo worth it if you decide to go for it.
This journey has definitely changed my life for the better! I’ve started attracting the kind of people and experiences that add a touch of magic to my previously “normal” existence. I’ve always wanted to live an incredible life, and now, apart from road tripping cross country with my dog and lunching on top of mountains by myself, my energy has changed the way people look at me and how I see other people too.
I even have moments now where flashes of other people’s thoughts cross my mind, which seems to be a direct result of traveling and being exposed to different ways of perceiving the world around me. I seem to have tapped into a higher consciousness of awareness, which is all still very new to me. Of course, every digital nomad will have their own, unique experience in this nomadic journey, so trust the magic of life and explore the opportunities that come your way!
If you do decide to become a fellow nomad, perhaps our paths will cross in this brave new world that we call home! To read more about my adventures in travel, life, and love, check out my blog www.wanderlustorlove.com or find Wanderlust or Love on social media. XOXO! :-*
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